Students’ generous gift to the homeless
CARING students have been thanked for making a “phenomenal” Christmas donation to a charity that helps get hot meals to the city’s homeless.
Sixth formers from Arthur Mellows College, in Glinton, rallied their whole school together to collect 2,000 items of food and supplies for Peterborough Streets.
Overwhelmed staff at the charity’s day centre in Adderley, North Bretton, were helped by the youngsters to load the massive stockpile of tins and gifts into their transit van yesterday lunchtime.
Catering coordinator from Peterborough Streets Ingrid Mckie said the supplies would be shared among various housing projects in the city in the runup to Christmas, and would also help her feed homeless people at the centre as the coldest nights of the year set in.
She said: “They do this every year and we thank them. It’s absolutely phenomenal the amount of food they donate to us and the kids are marvellous.
“Some of it will go towards the winter measures programme, when if it goes below zero for three consecutive nights we’ll have 26 people here in need of hot meals.
“We can’t thank them enough. The van was practically packed.”
The groceries will also be used to run lessons in low-budget cookery for vulnerable people with little or no income.
She added: “I was almost in tears and it does warm the cockles of your heart to see these young kids involved - whose futures we hope will be better than those people who have had hard times - be so generous and so happy about giving so much away.
“Now it’s our responsibility to make sure it’s used up and nothing is wasted.”
Arthur Mellows have supported the Bretton-based homeless charity, which was previously called St Theresa’s, since 2008 sending them regular food parcels and donations,
Assistant head of the sixth form Nathan Steele was impressed and praised the students’ charity committee for making this Christmas’ donation the most generous yet.
Individuals on the sixth form committee each led a school year group in the charity push.
Mr Steele said: “This year I think we’ve some really caring kids in this sixth form and it’s very touching to see so many children react to such a valuable cause.”
The stacks of gifts from the college included sheets, blankets, hats, socks, tinned soup, pasta and meatballs.
generous: Students from Arthur Mellows Village College with the donations of food and supplies for Peterbor-